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Dr Gustav Cederlof

Dr Gustav Cederlof

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ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Research subject areas

  • Geography and the environment

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Dr Gustav Cederlöf is an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography at King’s College London. His research contributes to an interdisciplinary understanding of energy and society, with regional expertise in Cuban and Latin American affairs. Gustav completed his PhD in Geography at King’s in 2017 with a thesis titled ‘Energy Revolution: Oil Dependence and the Political Ecology of Energy Use in Socialist Cuba’. He graduated with a first-class BA in Development Studies from Uppsala University in 2010, and an MSc in Human Ecology from Lund University in 2013.

Gustav has conducted extensive ethnographic and archival fieldwork in Cuba and has also worked with participatory, qualitative, and cartographic data collection and analysis in India, Sweden, and the UK. He has taught political ecology and international development at King’s College London and the London School of Economics.


Gustav’s research contributes to a critical understanding of fossil-fuel dependence and the geographies of societies post-oil. His research has a particular focus on politics and everyday life in Cuba.

Currently, Gustav runs the ESRC-funded research project ‘Energy Revolution’ (Grant ES/S01067X/1) that examines how different forms of energy and energy infrastructure were seen to serve political, social, and economic interests in the Cuban Revolution to materially enable the wider de-colonial, state-socialist project. His work also explores how Cuba’s heavily oil-dependent economy shaped experiences of everyday energy use in the context of enforced low-carbon development after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Cuba lost more than 85 percent of its oil supplies in the early 1990s, and the country’s historical experience provides unique insight to the socio-ecological complexity of energy transitions.

Further details

Please see Gustav's Research Staff Profile for further details.